After an interesting first day of training in Portimao, we say goodbye to our MotoGP live ticker for today and let you go after work with a few first impressions of the track. Tomorrow we expect no less exciting final training sessions and qualifying sessions. Then we’ll get back to you punctually at 10 a.m. for the start of the first session with a new ticker edition. Until then!
3. Free practice
10: 00-10: 40 a.m .: Moto3
10: 55-11: 40: MotoGP
11: 55-12: 35: Moto2
1.35pm-1.50pm: Moto3 Q1
2: 00-2: 15 p.m .: Moto3 Q2
2: 30-3: 00 p.m .: MotoGP 4th free practice
15: 10-15: 25 o’clock: MotoGP Q1
15: 35-15: 50: MotoGP Q2
4: 10-4: 25 p.m .: Moto2 Q1
4.35pm-4.50pm: Moto2 Q2
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Moto2 FT2: IntactGP beaten
The two IntactGP drivers finished Friday outside the top 14th. Tom Lüthi is in 15th place, 0.656 seconds behind the top. Marcel Schrötter does not get past 23rd place. He is missing a second and a half to the front. Perhaps his fall in the first training session affected him more than expected.
Dominique Aegerter, who competes for NTS this weekend, is in eighteenth place between the two German-speaking colleagues.
Moto2 FT2: Marini vor Lowes
In the final phase, Sam Lowes and Luca Marini duel for the fastest time in a long distance duel, but in the end Marini has the edge. With 1: 42.941 minutes, he is the only driver to achieve a time below 1:43 and is therefore the fastest of the day. Lowes finished second with 0.182 seconds. Lorenzo Baldassarri rounds off the top 3 in the final sprint.
Ramy Gardner and World Cup leader Enea Bastianini follow in fourth and fifth. Behind them are Xavi Vierge, Jorge Navarro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi and Hector Garzo. Not even half a second separate the top 10.
In the end, all drivers were able to improve on FT1.
Moto2 FT2: Extremely close distances
The last ten minutes of this training session and the best time is hard fought. After Fernandez, Garzo Marini has now also ousted from the top. The top 3 are within 0.028 seconds, which shows how tight things are once again – and not just at the top. Only 0.361 seconds separate the top 10. And the field could get even tighter, as some drivers set red sector best times.
Moto2 FT2: Marini’s new best time
Just in time for the half-time of the session, Marini moved up to the top with a new best time of 1: 43.713 minutes and pushed World Cup competitor Lowes into second place. Fernandez, Canet and Baldassarri complete the top 5 of the session.
However, some of the fastest drivers from the first free practice have not improved yet, including Di Giannantonio, Gardner and Bezzecchi.
Moto2 FT2: A fall like Schrötter’s
In the classification he is in a promising fifth place, but on the track Somkiat Chantra sinks his Kalex in the gravel bed of Turn 2. It is a crash similar to Schrötter’s first practice session. Chantra’s bike also overturns in the gravel. There is work to be done on his crew.
Moto2 FT2: Marc-VDS-Duo in the lead
Not only Lowes, but also his Marc VDS teammate Augusto Fernandez has a run. He sits in second place and gives the team the double lead. Marini, Canet and Chantra follow in third to fifth.
Schrötter, however, has a ride in turn 13 and plows through the gravel bed, but this time he can avert a fall. He is currently tenth in this session, team mate Tom Lüthi twelfth.
Moto2 FT2: New overall best time
In the first practice session, the best time was 1: 43.740 minutes, set up by Marcos Ramirez. This is already history in the early stages of the second Moto2 session of the day. Sam Lowes set the fastest time to date this weekend with a time of 1: 43.728 minutes, and that was still on his damaged hand. This means that he is in the lead for the moment.
Moto2 FT2: Schrötter there again
They did a great job in the IntactGP box and got Marcel Schrötter’s bike back on the road after his fall. The German also seems fit enough to attack again. After the crash he had held his right arm.
After the first two flying laps, it ranks eighth. The provisional best time marks Luca Marini.
Moto2 FT2: Martin’s engine is defective
The last free practice of this day begins and is already over for Jorge Martin. The Kalex pilot suffers a technical defect on his run-out lap. Here the Triumph engine seems to have given up the ghost. Fortunately, Martin notices the problem in time and drives to the side. The session can continue.
MotoGP FT2: Rossi only penultimate!
Stefan Bradl just missed the top 10 by 0.021 seconds, but with eleventh place he is the best Honda driver this Friday. Because he leaves Takaaki Nakagami, who is twelfth, behind. After his best time in the morning in this tight session, Miguel Oliveira didn’t get past 13th place.
So he still has some work to do tomorrow. This applies even more to Alex Rins, who does not get past 17th place. Things went even worse for Valentino Rossi today, who is penultimate, 1.862 seconds behind. Only substitute pilot Mika Kallio was slower.
MotoGP FT2: Zarco with Friday best time
Johann Zarco can secure first place with a further increase to 1: 39.417 minutes and ends Friday training as the fastest. Maverick Vinales has to be content with second place. He is 0.119 seconds short of the best time. Aleix Espargaro came in third at Aprilia. Fabio Quartararo and Brad Binder complete the top 5.
Behind them are world champions Joan Mir, Andrea Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro, Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli. The latter, in tenth place, is just 0.471 seconds behind the leaders.